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hi guys
i have an array or codes like this
String[] codes =[a,b,c,z] .

i want to find if the above array contains the element b,
Is there a contains() method with arrays?

any idea how i can find out if the array contains element 'b'?

I am assuming for loop , but not sure how.

for(int i =0;i<codes.length;i++)
{
any idea?
}

thanks
J
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for(int index = 0; index < codes.length; index++)
{
   if(codes[index] == b){
      <Do something>
   }
}
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by:RishadanPort
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What do you mean the "element" 'b'. Do you mean the character b?

This is a String Array, so the array will contain Strings, not individual characters. 1 single character IE if 'b', will actually be 1 string "b".
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If you're trying to Count the occurences of the character 'b' in the entire array, you can do something like this:

int occurences = 0;

for(int index = 0; index < codes.length; index++){
   for(int index2 = 0; index2 < codes[index].length; index2++){
      if(codes[index].charAt(index2) == 'b'){
         occurences++;
      }
   }
}

System.out.println("The total occurences is " + occurences);
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First of all your syntax is wrong:

      String[] codes =[a,b,c,z];

should be:

      String[] codes = new String[]{"a","b","c","z"};

Then, arrays lack  the contains() method because those are NOT collections.

Every Collection derived class in JAVA has what you want, so convert the array to a collection, like:

      String[] codes = new String[]{"a","b","c","z"};

      ArrayList<String> h = new ArrayList<String>(Arrays.asList(codes));
     
      if(h.contains("c"))
      {
         // Do something.
      }

;JOOP!
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by:jaggernat
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ok, thnks guys, i think i got what i wanted
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by:aman123_123
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The correct way of doing this is by using the utility class Arrays.
Here is the code


                     String searchString[] = new String[] {"a", "b",  "c"};
      Arrays.sort(searchString);
      int index = Arrays.binarySearch(searchString, "b");
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No, it is A way of doing this, with the advantage that it is slightly faster
when a large number of 'look-ups' must be done.
The utility class Arrays, which I deployed too, has some interesting tools and converters.

Any way the best answer to the original question depends on the final purpose
of the 'contains' question. In some cases data must be removed or added;
then an array is a bad place to keep the data.

;JOOP!
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by:jaggernat
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thanks guys

any help with my next question greatly apprciated
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Java/Q_23515494.html
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